John Einarson is the author of 13 books, including the critically-acclaimed Hot Burritos: The True Story Of The Flying Burrito Brothers (Jawbone Books, 2008), named one of the 10 best music books of 2008 by Uncut magazine, and Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life & Legacy of The Byrds' Gene Clark (Backbeat Books, 2005), cited among the 10 best music books of 2005 by Uncut and Record Collector. His other books include Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock (Cooper Square Press, 2001), the first detailed chronicle of the southern California country rock scene, and For What It's Worth: The Story of Buffalo Springfield. He wrote the Bravo TV documentary Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life and served as consultant for A&E/Biography Channel's Neil Young Biography episode and CBC TV's Life & Times of Randy Bachman based on his best-selling biography of the Canadian music icon, Takin' Care of Business (McArthur & Co., 2000). He has written for Mojo, Goldmine, Discoveries, Record Collector, and Rock Express and is a regular contributor to the Winnipeg Free Press. John lives with his family in Winnipeg, Canada.
Hot Burritos: The true story of the Flying Burrito Brothersby John Einarson, Chris Hillman (With), Dwight Yoakam (Foreword by)
Forty years ago, former Byrds Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons released The Gilded Palace Of Sin, the debut album by their new band, The Flying Burrito Brothers. Desperados in sequined Nudie suits fired by a dream to pull rock music back from the psychedelic abyss and return it to its pure and simple country roots, The Flying Burrito Brothers were avatars of a whole
Forty years ago, former Byrds Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons released The Gilded Palace Of Sin, the debut album by their new band, The Flying Burrito Brothers. Desperados in sequined Nudie suits fired by a dream to pull rock music back from the psychedelic abyss and return it to its pure and simple country roots, The Flying Burrito Brothers were avatars of a whole new genre that still thrives. Although a connoisseurs choice from the off, that debut and the band's subsequent releases didn't sell too well, but The Flying Burrito Brothers have since transcended cult status to earn universal respect and admiration. Widely regarded as the original country-rock band, you can hear their influence in mainstream mid-70s country-rock (The Eagles, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt) the current crop of Nashville country-pop (Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley), and the whole alt.country/Americana underground. Previously guarded about the group's history, Hillman offers an intimate portrait of his doomed bandmate Gram Parsons, and a colourfully detailed, deeply insightful, hard-hitting and personal account of one of contemporary music's most respected and innovative bands.
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I highly recommend this read as an entertaining account of The Flying Burrito Bros’ saga. It’s major appeal to me is that it spreads the Burritohead love around to all the characters involved. I am familiar with and have an avid interest in all these guys. The book’s major flaw is that, while I agree with the point made in the introduction that the FBBs are so much more than Gram Parsons, Einarson & Hillman feel this is an axe that needs constant grinding to the bitter end of the book. Gram bashing is not a classy way to make the point and will be a deal breaker to a lot of fans, who would otherwise love this book. Too bad.